New threats come to light as the JSA and the Makhents deal with the aftermath of their fight in “Chapter Ten: The Killer.”
The epic fight sequence in “Chapter Nine: The Monsters” has major ramifications for all involved in “Chapter Ten: The Killer.” As the combatants struggle to coexist in the aftermath, a larger threat is looming. The Gambler’s killers are revealed, setting up a final showdown for the now final season of the series.
Upon discovering the mutated gorilla known as the Ultra-Humanite, Mike (Trae Romano), Jakeem (Alkoya Brunson), and Thunderbolt (Seth Green) ramp up their efforts to find Cindy (Meg DeLacy). Their attempts to wish their way out of their situation is one of the episode’s more amusing moments. The three wind up in a trap that Cindy has set for the mysterious beast, and she disappears shortly after cutting them loose. Though it’s not clear what Cindy has been up to since leaving Blue Valley, her return to help the Justice Society of America (JSA) is clearly imminent.
Beth (Anjelika Washington) brings Rick (Cameron Gellman) to her house so that her parents (Kron Moore and Gilbert Glenn Brown) can tend to his wounds. They attempt an intervention for Rick due to his reliance on the limitless hourglass and his resulting lack of judgment. Rick reacts like a typical addict in denial and is hostile toward Beth and her parents. It’s great to see Beth’s continued concern for Rick, but it’s concerning that others like Pat (Luke Wilson) and Sylvester (Joel McHale) are so flippant about what is clearly the equivalent of a drug addiction.
Courtney (Brec Bassinger) attempts to smooth things over with Cameron (Hunter Sansone), but he is furious about what transpired. Though Courtney tries to tell him that his father Jordan (Neil Jackson) was a villain, Cameron demands to know who killed his father. Covering for Mike, Courtney takes responsibility and Cameron breaks up with her. Though I feel for both Courtney and Cameron in this situation, this breakup isn’t as devastating for me as it is for those more invested in their relationship.
The true stars of the episode are the Crocks, Crusher (Neil Hopkins) and Paula (Joy Osmanski). Crusher initially considers confronting Cameron’s grandparents Lily (Kay Galvin) and Sofus (Jim France), declaring that the Whitmore-Dugans are their people now. Paula defends Barbara (Amy Smart) when Lily tries to attack her and attempts to teach her how to use a crossbow. It’s great to see how those dynamics have evolved, and the Crocks have truly come a long way from their days in the Injustice Society of America (ISA).
The Crocks’ redemption arcs have been so well done, that they are the ones that are able to restore peace in the aftermath of the fight. While Pat and Sylvester make things worse in their attempt to talk to Cameron’s grandparents, Crusher and Paula are able to appeal to them through their former friendship with Jordan in the ISA. The two convince Lily to relent in attacking the JSA by arguing that Jordan’s goal was to create a better world for everyone.
Unfortunately, the happy moments for the Crocks don’t last. Before Crusher and Paula can return home to celebrate Artemis’ (Stella Smith) football scholarship, they are lured into the underground tunnels. They find the monitors and the masked figure that has been watching everyone all season attacks them. As the Crocks begin to freeze, the man takes off his mask revealing himself to be a not-so-dead Jordan. The sad death scene is made even more heartbreaking by Crusher and Paula reaching out to each other and declaring their love to each other in their last moments.
Once Mike and Jakeem tell Pat and Sylvester about the Ultra-Humanite, the JSA, minus Rick, gathers to discuss the threat at the end of “Chapter Ten: The Killer.” Pat and Sylvester tell the group about their previous encounters with the Ultra-Humanite and conclude that he is the Gambler’s killer. Courtney surmises that taking on the Ultra-Humanite will be a fight as big as the one against Eclipso. She suggests that it will take everyone, even Cameron and his grandparents, to defeat him.
Hopefully, this final battle will live up to the ones that ended Stargirl’s previous seasons.
Author: Jessica Wolff
Jessica Wolff is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Film/Video. She has a passion for entertainment and representation in entertainment. She currently resides outside of Washington, DC.
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